Education In Faith

Religious Education

 

Religious Education at St. Francis of Assisi School forms part of a life long process of religious formation, which helps students develop into people who reflect the image of God, our creator. We aim to reflect the life of Christ in all aspects of the school, so that young people can experience the values of a Christian community based on love, compassion and justice.

 

At St. Francis of Assisi we offer a structured program of learning that introduces children to the Catholic-Christian tradition. We use our school’s Vision, Learning Centred Schools and the Sacred Landscape model developed by the Archdiocese of Melbourne, to guide us.

 

In addition, we provide opportunities for involvement in class masses, school masses, prayer liturgies, meditation, sacramental programs and workshops as well as religious leadership by our students.

 

We promote the values of a Christian community across our curriculum. We work in partnership with parish priests, parish community and parents to enrich our student’s religious education experiences to carry forward the mission of Jesus Christ and our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi.

Prayer

Prayer in all its forms is ultimately an expression of our relationship with God. As with any relationship, it can be expressed in a variety of ways, including ritualised and spontaneous forms, or even in silence.  The style or manner of prayer which is most easily used will vary from individual to individual. God does, in fact, communicate with us through and in, our personality.

Each form of prayer involves a particular set of skills and it is important that students are exposed, not only to the complete range of prayer forms, but are assisted in the development of the skills which pertain to each form.

At St Francis of Assisi School we value prayer, in all its forms, as an intimate communication with our God and strive to embed prayer within all aspects of school life.

Sacraments

The celebration of the Sacraments lies at the heart of the life of the Church. For children and their families they are therefore, significant and memorable occasions.  They mark important moments in the life of children and they become part of the story and fabric of the life of the family.  As rituals, the Sacraments celebrate the action of God in our lives and use what is visible, audible and tangible to put us in touch with what we cannot see, hear or touch.  They therefore, communicate to us at a particular time and place the reality of God’s love that is always present and always available to us.

At St Francis of Assisi our students celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Grade 3 and then receive Confirmation in Grade 6.